Thursday, August 17, 2017

A New Thing: Cottage Living

I officially accepted a strings teacher position at a school (K4 through 12th grade) that was offered to me back in February of this year. That meant a move across the country to the beautiful Midwest. All I could fit in my car was what came with me, and sadly, there was no way that my sewing machines and supplies would fit, so they have to stay put in my parents home until Christmas.

While it isn't a true cottage, my new place of living will be "the cottage" here on the blog, and I'm looking forward to setting up house, figuring out real adulting, and learning the new and very wide gamut of teaching in a private school.

Any tips are welcomed for this newbie! :)


Carie Dirks said...

Oh, how exciting! Congratulations on your next step in this life!!! I am sorry to hear you couldn't fit your sewing supplies on this trip, but maybe you'll be quite busy with the new job. Plus, it gives another reason to go home for the holidays.
May the LORD JESUS CHRIST lead you and keep you on this next stage of life.

Looking forward to reading new posts on this new adventure. :)


Katy said...

I feel like I'm going to be telling you all the things you already know, as from your blog you seem a most accomplished housekeeper anyway. But here goes:-

- Budget budget budget. Get an app if that helps (I hear YNAB is very helpful but haven't tried it myself.)
- Meal Plan and make good use of your freezer. If you see something that you can keep in the freezer or that counts as 'dry goods' and it's one sale, stock up. Keep a list of what you have in your fridge and freezer stuck to the front of those appliances.
- Cook double so that you always have leftovers if for some unexpected reason you can't cook dinner. There are always unexpected reasons.
- If you have many cardboard boxes left over from your move list them on freecycle or craigslist and then someone can take them off your hands.
- Have a financial nest egg for emergencies. We took the car in for a routine service once and came out with a bill approaching $1000. It was painful, especially as it was very unexpected.
- Buy cotton or linen sheets. Man made fibres tend to be uncomfortable in the heat or the cold. Breathable natural fabrics are best. I've just slept in the heat of a North American summer under a wool blanket and it was fine because it breathed.

Hope these help. The blog Like Mother Like Daughter has excellent menu planning and food saving tips, as well as ways to cope on hot or cold days when you don't want to turn on the air conditioner or the heating. I would really recommend it! Wishing you joy in your adorable new home.

Sarah said...


Congratulations on your exciting position as teacher! What a blessing to have the chance to share your love of music with others! : )

May the LORD bless and keep you in this new chapter of life!